Overwhelmed and humbled by the attention the Harmon family is getting

The last few weeks have been very exciting for the Harmon family. We were featured in a Michael J Fox Foundation blog. Kate helped the MJFF with an open letter in conjunction with its Father’s Day e-card project, and Huffington Post picked up her work and she was published in the major online news aggregator and blog site.  Additionally, Lake Ashton sent out an e-mail with a link to the MJFF blog to our entire community.


I was overwhelmed by the number of people who took the time to read what was published and I am truly humbled by the response.  Sure, it is rewarding to receive compliments, especially about my family, but we are just one of many individuals and families who are working hard to find a cure for Parkinson’s.

So, I am struggling with the recognition. I understand that anything that we can “get into the media” raises awareness. That is a good thing, a purpose fulfilled, but I’m still a little uncomfortable. As I say in our video on pcrfinc.com, we get more in return from those we help than we give.

I am writing this post to clear my own mind of these issues. We will continue to push forward in our journey to raise awareness, help those with PD through our support group, and support the Michael J Fox Foundation on its mission to find a cure. Thanks to all of the hard working people who work every day to eradicate Parkinson’s.  We can do this in our lifetimes with your help.




About bobharmon49

Parkinson’s Cure Research Funding, Inc. (“PCRF”) was founded in November, 2010 as a non-profit corporation dedicated to raising money for Parkinson’s disease research and patient support. The corporation’s main fundraising event is an annual golf tournament held in April at the Lake Ashton community in Winter Haven and Lake Wales, Florida. Proceeds from the event have been donated to the Michael J Fox Foundation. Prior to forming PCRF the first golf tournament was held in April 2009 and we raised $12,000. The second tournament in April 2010 raised $27,000. Our next tournament will be held on April 7, 2012. At each of the first two golf outings, 215 players filled the two 18 hole golf courses at Lake Ashton. PCRF was founded by Bob and Cecily Harmon. Bob was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2006 and is still very active playing golf and working to help find a cure for PD through fund-raising. He has recently been named to the Southwest Florida Regional Council of the Michael J Fox Foundation. Their mission is to drive ideas about local engagement opportunities to increase Parkinson’s Disease awareness, enhance education efforts and connect with untapped resources to develop the overall expansion of the Fox Foundation in Florida. The Harmon’s facilitate the Lake Ashton Parkinson’s Outreach Group which supports local Parkinson’s patients and their care partners. The group meets on the first Friday of every month at 10am at Lake Ashton and is open to the Parkinson’s community in the general public.

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